ANOREXIA: SEXUAL, SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL
What is Anorexia?
In Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous, we suffer from addiction to sex, love, relationship, fantasy, romance and codependency. However, there is another addiction some of us suffer from: anorexia.
As an eating disorder, anorexia is defined as the compulsive avoidance of food. In the area of sex and love, anorexia has a similar definition: Anorexia is the compulsive avoidance of giving or receiving social, sexual or emotional nourishment.
Are you Anorectic?
Here are fifty questions you might want to address. There is no score for these questions. Your own instinct will tell you to what degree they apply to you.
What to Do Now?
If enough questions here seem to apply to you, you may feel relieved – or you may feel stunned or doomed or angry at this moment – and all these would be natural responses. However, if something fundamental in your being has been touched by these questions, we do want to say this to you: you are not alone. There are many who are in the same situation as you. There are many who respond as you do and who feel as you do. Or who once felt that way.
We are the anorectic members of Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous. We know that there may have been good reasons for our having become anorectic; we also have come to realize that there is nothing to blame ourselves for in being anorectic; but now we want nourishing emotional, sexual and social lives. Our anorexia may have come out of a precious sense of ourselves and our preservation, but still we want to change; we don’t want to go on being anorectic. We have begun to do the work of recovery and change in Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous. To build that recovery, we endeavor to stop acting out a pattern of sex and love anorexia and we work the 12 Steps of S.L.A.A. That’s why we are reaching out to you here to invite you to an S.L.A.A. meeting. Anorexia is part of sex and love addiction, and S.L.A.A. meetings are places for anorectics to be heard, and to hear, in turn, about the addiction of anorexia and about recovery from it. There we discover what the recovery process is for each of us.
@1992 The Augustine Fellowship, Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous, Fellowship-Wide Services, Inc.
Further information from S.L.A.A. F.W.S. on Anorexia in the context of Sex and Love Addiction: http://www.slaafws.org/anorexia-questionaire